So, any SF televisions fans out there, have you ever watched Rocky Jones, Space Ranger? (1954) Probably not. After all it's over 53 years old, filmed in...gasp...b&w, and doesn't have the sophistication or special effects that today's SF TV has.
And that's true, but there's a lot of fun in these old programs. First off, of course, is the fact that shows like Rocky Jones, Tom Corbett, and Space Patrol, filmed in the early 1950s, long before the space race began in 1957, show us what those early 1950s Americans expected life a few decades later to be like. We were in space, and we had heroes to protect us from the villains, etc.
Also there's lots of "tropes" that are now commonplace that were original back then, but of course a lot of cliches as well, for example, the female characters always had to get in a scream or two...
I'm putting together a "photobook," for one episode each, of several of the 1950s space tv shows, starting with Rocky Jones, Space Ranger. If you want to decide if you want to use 30 minutes of your time watching these shows, check out
Rocky Jones photobook
first to decide. It's the episode "Escape Into Space".
All the Rocky Jones eps are available on DVD...most of 'em are in pretty good shape, viewing quality wise...